The prick of compassion

Melanie Neufeld works alongside her husband Jonathan, seeking justice in the City of Seattle as pastors of Community Ministry at Seattle Mennonite Church.   “May the prick of compassion be the hammer that helps us drive our nails straight” I googled this quote as I wondered where it came from and could not find it […]

Prayers of lament: Responding to the violence of racism

By Mennonite Church USA staff As we have witnessed the recent and persistent violence upon black bodies, we are offering this space of collective lament and grief that comes from many voices across Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Biblical lament shows us how to express deep sorrow, name suffering and cry out for God. “Laments […]

So you want to go back to church (as usual?)!

Doug Luginbill is the conference minister of Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.   Our Central District Conference theme for this year is “Spirit, bless our souls with yearning” and is based on a line taken from a call to worship in Sing the Journey #124. For many of us, our yearnings have likely […]

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Mennonite Church USA statement on anti-Asian racism and COVID-19

By MC USA staff In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) denounces the anti-Asian discrimination taking place across our country. We believe that this and any form of racism stand in the way of Christ’s kingdom of love, justice and peace. At a time when we need to come together […]

Lament for the new year

By Mennonite Church USA staff   Creator God, in your mercy, you have made all things new and given us the power to live into the new creation that is in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Yet, instead of trusting and seeking the renewal of our minds in Jesus who is our peace, we have […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Perspectives from on the ground

John Garland is the part-time pastor of San Antonio (Texas) Mennonite Church, in the heart of the city. His wife is a high school principal just over the river and his two daughters go to the neighborhood elementary school. He raises vegetables for the local market. Before San Antonio, John and the family lived on […]

The dehumanizing effect of labels

Max Ediger grew up in Oklahoma and lives in Cambodia. He has worked in Asia since 1971. Max writes, “The emphasis of my work has been to find new and creative ways to work for justice and peace (‘justpeace’) from an Asian perspective.” Max’s post originally appeared in PeaceSigns, the magazine of the Peace and Justice […]

Learn, Pray, Join: My call to peacemaking in North Korea

Joy Yoon and her family have been working and living in North Korea for over a decade. Their work inside began through humanitarian outreach and social entrepreneurship. Today they focus on treating children with developmental disabilities through a Rehabilitation Center in the capital city. They are among a select few Americans to have lived long-term […]

Of Bombs, Treaties and Moral Obligation (part four)

In a culture wired for instant results, we often forget that meaningful change may take persistent action over a long period. This is a 35-year story of education and advocacy arising from the bomb-laden fields of Laos. Titus Peachey who, with his wife Linda Gehman Peachey, went to Laos on a Mennonite Central Committee assignment […]

Love is a Verb

April 2017: Love is justice

The following is an excerpt from Love is a Verb: A one-year spiritual practice resource, written by Leo Hartshorn. The resource explores the 2017 convention theme Love is a Verb through the lens of Richard Foster’s six spiritual streams. Download the entire booklet from the Mennonite Church USA resource center. The social justice stream When […]